A day after a blockbuster deal that sent Jon Lester to the
The team also recalled reliever
The trade deadline has come and gone, but
"I'm not off the hook yet," he told the Dallas Morning News. "But as of right now, I'm content to just focus on baseball. My duty is to come out and play the game."
Rios has played the game quite well this season, but with far less power than he had exhibited in the past. He has just four home runs nearly two-thirds into the season.
Vargas skipped the Triple-A level in getting called up. He compiled a .281/.360/.472 stat line for Double-A New Britain this season with 17 home runs.
Santiago pitched two innings of relief in extras and picked up the win Thursday night against the Orioles. He is not available to pitch Friday and could likely be ready to make his next start Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Cain has had surgery recommended to remove bone chips in his elbow by three different doctors, but was initially hoping to avoid surgery. Unfortunately, after throwing from flat ground Friday, Cain appears to have decided to undergo season-ending surgery, according to Bochy. He wanted to see how he felt after throwing before deciding his next step, which will likely require a three-month recovery time, but should be fully healed by the start of next spring training.
If Cain's season is over, he finishes with a 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in 90 1/3 innings of work.